FAB 5. SR’s Buc Shots

• Not only did Jameis Winston look awful during Thursday’s practice with the second-string offense, that poor play continued on Friday as the looming three-game suspension and the negative publicity surrounding the suspension appears to be having an obvious affect on his psyche and his performance. The Bucs need Winston needs to snap out of his funk quickly.

Here’s one final observation regarding Winston and the alleged incident regarding the Uber driver. On Thursday, Winston was asked about the statement he issued last November disputing the Uber driver’s claim, and if they were indeed factual.

Winston was asked: “In November, you put out a statement saying that the driver was mistaken – that this did not happen. Were you being truthful then or did your memory get better?”

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Winston replied: “Again, I don’t want to rehash the situation. All I can do is focus on moving forward and putting this behind me.”

Notice how he didn’t answer the question?

Back in November when he discussed the allegations with the media, Winston was asked if he clearly remembered the Uber ride: “Again, I’ve got to respect the process for the NFL.”

He didn’t answer the question then, either.

In my opinion, and from accounts regarding the level of intoxication Winston was under when leaving a party – which was why an Uber was called in the first place – I think Winston was too drunk to clearly remember exactly what occurred. Therefore he can’t clearly answer the question without saying, “I don’t remember, I was probably too drunk.”

If that’s the case in a he-said, she-said allegation like this one, Winston is put in jeopardy because more credence is put into what the sober female said over the fuzzy memory of a drunk male. And that wouldn’t help Winston in a potential criminal case if charges were filed or in a civil case if she sought financial gains due to his inappropriate behavior.

Winston is helping himself and protecting himself by being as vague as possible, and I don’t blame him. He wants to put this ordeal behind him and not have it linger on with any potential civil suit that he could inadvertently open himself up to by being more forthcoming.

• The Bucs Training Camp Diaries are an annual feature on PewterReport.com and we have two gems this year in veteran nose tackle Beau Allen, who will give PewterReport.com readers insight into the Bucs defense during training camp and the preseason, and rookie running back Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay’s second-round pick, who will offer his perspective on the offensive side of the ball.

Bucs NT Beau Allen - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs NT Beau Allen – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

You can read RoJo’s first Bucs Training Camp Diary right here, and click here to read the debut of Allen’s Bucs Training Camp Diary. We’ll have two new diaries before Monday as the first day of pads takes place on Sunday as training camp is opened up to the fans.

I’m handling the interviews with Allen, and I’ve seen several comments from fans online and on Twitter saying, “I’d like to have a beer with that guy.” I feel the same way. Allen is a straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy with a good sense of humor. Here’s one snippet that I left out of his first Training Camp Diary about defensive line coach Brentson Buckner.

“My favorite thing about Coach Buck is that he’s extremely loyal,” Allen said. “He played in the league for 12 years, and my favorite thing about the guy is that you can’t fake that. He’s spent 12 years playing in the NFL at a high level. You know he’s an ass-kicker. You know he knows what it’s like down in the trenches – and the guy played nose! It’s nice to have a coach that has played and knows what it’s like to have played in the NFL and coaches you with techniques that he actually used and was very successful with.

“One thing I don’t think people realize about having a coach that was in the NFL for so long is that he knows what it’s like to be a part of a D-line room and to be a part of the locker room. He understands the pressure of playing in the NFL. He’s got a lot of wisdom and I appreciate how technical he is. I’m lucky to have him in Tampa Bay.”

• Speaking of PewterReport.com’s Bucs Training Camp Diary series, one of our participants last August, second-year tight end Antony Auclair, has really made some positive strides in the offseason. He looks leaner and stronger, but Auclair is actually bigger in size – even though he doesn’t look it.

“I’m up to 270,” Auclair said. “I got injured during OTAs, so I had to lift and stay with my conditioning even though I tore a ligament in my ankle. I did a lot of bicycling to stay in shape and work out.”

Auclair showed off his 4.8 speed on an impressive, nifty catch-and-run down the seam during Thursday’s practice. If you blinked you might have thought it was No. 84 – Cameron Brate – instead of No. 82.

“I had a nice play today, but blocking is my main thing for sure,” Auclair said. “I want to improve on route running for sure, and that’s been the case so far.”

Bucs TE Antony Auclair - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs TE Antony Auclair – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

With noted pass-catchers in Brate and O.J. Howard coming off a year in which both caught six touchdowns, Auclair has the chance to fly under the radar and be a surprise target in the passing game after catching two passes for 25 yards during his rookie season.

“Exactly,” Auclair said. “That’s what I want. They don’t expect the ball to go to me, but I want to prove them wrong and catch some balls. It’s a completely different world for me this year after being a rookie from another country last year. I only spoke a little bit of English. My first language is French. It’s so different now. I’ve got my car and my apartment and I know people in town – and I know the playbook. That’s the main thing. I’m more confident. I feel like I am a better player already than I was last year. I just have to keep improving.”

• We recorded our first Pewter Nation Podcast of training camp on Thursday, recapping all the action and news of the day. PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema and myself discussed Jameis Winston’s press conference and his poor play to start camp. We also highlighted some other aspects of Tampa Bay’s first training camp practice as well as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s encouraging performance. Click here to listen to Episode 83: Camp Is Open, Jameis Speaks.

If you missed last week’s Pewter Nation Podcast, catch up on it this weekend as the PR staff discussed the floor when it comes to the Bucs’ projected 2018 win total, in addition to the most important training camp battles in Tampa Bay. Click here for Episode 82: ‘Twas The Week Before Training Camp.

Pewter-Nation-Podcast-Pewter-ReportThe popularity of the Pewter Nation Podcast continues to grow. In addition to listening to the Pewter Nation Podcasts on PewterReport.com you can also subscribe to the free podcasts at PodBean by clicking here and on SoundCloud by clicking here. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode.

• Bucs training camp is here and we gained nearly 100 new Twitter followers on the first day of camp! Make sure you are following PewterReport.com on Twitter. Become one of the 29,000 Twitter followers of @PewterReport prior to Tampa Bay’s 2018 training camp. If you want updates from Bucs press conferences, training camp practices and new PewterReport.com story notifications be sure to follow us on Twitter and help us grow to 30,000. To follow @PewterReport on Twitter please click here, and to follow us on Facebook please click here.

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• If you haven’t read the comments by former Bucs quarterbacks Chris Sims and Jeff Garcia, in addition to wide receiver Joey Galloway about former Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden in a recent article on SI.com, I highly recommend it. It’s an interesting and fair look at Gruden’s time in Tampa Bay and what it was like to play for him.

• Just a reminder that PewterReport.com has official partnerships with WFLA News Channel 8 and 620 WDAE that begin during Bucs training camp. The PewterReport.com staff will be on News Channel 8 regularly with insight and analysis from Bucs camp. Here is Trevor Sikkema’s most recent appearance with News Channel 8’s Dan Lucas that you can view by clicking here.

PewterReport.com’s regularly scheduled appearances on 620 WDAE begin today with Mark Cook joining J.P. Peterson on-air at 4:30 p.m. Here is the full schedule of PewterReport.com appearnces during Bucs camp:

Friday July 27 – Mark Cook w/JP Peterson (4:30pm)
Monday July 30 – Scott Reynolds w/Ronnie & TKras (8:15am)

Friday August 3 – Trevor Sikkema w/JP  (4:30pm)
Monday August 6 – Mark Cook w/Ronnie & TKras (8:15am)

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Monday August 27 – Mark Cook w/Ronnie & TKras (8:15am)

Friday August 31 – Scott Reynolds w/JP (4:30pm)
Tuesday September 4 – Trevor Sikkema w/Ronnie & TKras (8:15am)

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Nice work, Scott. I agree with both assessments on Winston and Licht. I know that’s not a popular position with the PR folks these day… I’m still very surprised to hear that part of Jameis’ daily routine does not involve any counciling? You have a guy that is possibly the future of the franchise, and there is no investment made in this area for Jameis? This does not count against the salary cap. It seems to me that if the team is only going to focus on the on-field improvement for Jameis, they (Licht? Glazers?) are derelict in their duties… Read more »

WestChap

Scott, your understanding Jameis being vague given he was likely drunk and doesn’t remember what happened in the Uber car is confusing. Do you really think that his and Darby’s statements were uncoordinated? Do you think Darby had forgotten about the second Uber ride? Do you think Jameis stated the driver was “mistaken” without learning from Darby that “yeah Dude, you were totally wasted so we put you in a car… yeah, we put you in the front seat”? We don’t know a lot of what happened that night but we sure know Jameis lied when it became public in… Read more »

cgmaster27

Great Fab5 Scott. I think Fitz is good enough to get us one of those first three games. If the run game and defense improve, heck maybe even two of them. Call me an optimist, but Fitz is who he is as well, limitations and all. However if Fitz plays well enough, it wouldn’t shocvk me to see him play week 4 as well. AS for Jameis, he handled the questions how he could at this point, as you stated a civil suit could be filed. I’m not sure how the limitations work on that as it’s been 2 years.… Read more »

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Naplesfan

The easy way to avoid Winston’s dilemma of how to answer the inevitable questions is to, you know, not do the deed. Zero understanding is deserved.

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owlykat

CGmaster in Florida the statute of limitations is seven years for civil sexual abuse, since you didn’t know.

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Ken - Kfromfla

The alleged incident happened in Arizona and the statute of limitation for civil liability is 2 years. Also, in the state of Arizona, Sexual Assault Laws; Title 13. Criminal Code § 13-1406, which covers Sexual Assault, is described by the web to include any of the following acts: Sexual intercourse without consent means the penetration of the vulva, penis, or anus using anything. or Oral sexual contact (with the vulva, penis, or anus) without consent – verbal threats, fear, or intimidation may be used to sexually assault someone. There was no sexual assault, an inappropriate touching misdemeanor act at worst… Read more »

nybuccguy

Dont discount the effect having a newborn might have on Winston. Hes never been a father before and the challenges of that are probably distracting him just as much as the suspension.

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kram0789

I don’t like our chances of making the playoffs this year, even if Fitz goes 3-0. There are still three better teams in our division. The impact of a better Bucs team is probably only 2 teams make it to the playoffs from our division this season, as a result of the division beating each other up. The Buc’s need one of those 3 teams to drop off, and my bet is it will be the Saints due to the age of Brees. But not this year. To be a consistent playoff contender we need Winston to step it up… Read more »

Benjamin

This was a very good fab 5. You think just like i do regarding Licht and Koetter’s jobs. I firmly believe regardless of what the teams record is Jason Licht deserves a contract extension. The talent he has brought in not just this off season but his entire time here is the best we have seen since Rich McKays times as GM. Licht doesn’t coach, he doesn’t game plan, or call plays on sunday so it is not on him if somehow this team underachieves like last year that is squarely on Koetter and his staff. I believe that Koetter… Read more »

kram0789

I am not as much on the bandwagon for Licht as many fans are. For one, I don’t believe that he has not made numerous mistakes in the draft and free agency. How many of those free agents from previous years are still on the team? Not Many. Many will point the drafting of a kicker in the second round as proof that he is not a master of the draft. While I did not like taking a kicker with a second round pick I understand why he did it. What is telling is that his reasons for doing it… Read more »

owlykat

Kram0789–no one was a bigger outspoken critic of Licht than I was because Licht started out with us as a rookie GM and he came in with the belief the best way to build an NFL team was to take BPA without reaching for a player to fill needs and that is what he did right up to this year when his neck was on the line for leaving us with so many holes especially on both lines and at RB and Def. backfield. That taught him a big lesson. Perhaps he took notice of the changes the Jags took… Read more »

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QB it’s my concern for the first 3 games; even the fourth game because it’s a Monday night and Winston’s not going to have enough time to get into a decent groove by game 4. if anything happens to Fitzgerald in the first four games we are in serious trouble because Griffin is not the answer. We have to get another quarterback and house now. Good article Scott. Is it me or does Winston look like he’s lost some weight? His arms were small before,but now they even look thinner . Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

FLyBoy

Great article Scott. Tom Jones pressing the “Cut Jameis” button?!?! Say it aint so! Then again, thats the norm. Pretty sure that man hates living in Tampa area. Licht has put the pieces together for this team. He had an occasional slip up in personell but has corrected it. How many years does it take to really grade a draft… 3-4years.

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flarick

Nice column, Scott. I was at one point torn between the get rid of Jameis Winston now crowd and those willing to see what happens. However, after reading your report that, “Not only did Jameis Winston look awful during Thursday’s practice with the second-string offense, that poor play continued on Friday as the looming three-game suspension and the negative publicity surrounding the suspension appears to be having an obvious affect on his psyche and his performance,” I’m thinking the Bucs may be best served by preparing to cut ties with Winston. When real leaders screw up, they say they’re sorry,… Read more »

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Let’s give it a few more days before we say it has affected Winston. I’d like some more reporting on Griffin.

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seat26

Vea playing behind McCoy? Instead of Nose? Wow. He is quickly slipping into obscurity. Someone said he was a luxury pick. I am getting a bad feeling.

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chefboho

I think you might be reading into that too much. The NT’s they picked up have experience and one is a super bowl champion. Maybe they want to rotate McCoy more to keep him fresh? How many times has that dude been beaten down but stayed on due to no depth? Just a thought

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EastEndBoy

Injuries and turnovers – watch those and that’ll tell you where we’re headed. Lots of shiny new pieces on defense, but they’ll need a new scheme to shine in TB – let’s hope Smitty has something new up his sleeve beyond the rush-4 and play soft coverage of 2017. All 4 NFC South teams have Achilles heals – hopefully we can overcome ours this year. Go Bucs!

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buddah

Carolina and New Orleans will regress toward the mean. They overachieved last year as we were underachieving. We have a lot of new parts and it will take time to gel, but our overall roster is second in our division behind Atlanta. New Orleans is missing a key part for the first four games. That game is winnable. Everything will come down to coaching, execution, and injuries.

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76Buc

Tom Jones is a Marxist idiot. That’s why I no longer read his articles. I like the singer much better. We need to support our players unless they are convicted of felonies. Winston knows he has 2 strikes. One more and he’s out.

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drdneast

I don’t know if Jones is a Marxist but he certainly is an idiot. Every time a Bucs player gets in a scrape with the law he wants the Bucs to get rid of them for little or no compensation. The last player was ASJ. Before that it was Aqib Talib, who as we all know achieved All Pro status. It took two No. I picks to replace them and so far Hargreaves hasn’t shown he was worthy of a No. 1 pick. As far as the Talib incident that caused the Bucs to jettison him, because no one was… Read more »

tim111762

Good article. I don’t agree with the “IT WAS 2 YEARS AGO” argument. That should be completely irrelevant. I mean, if you’re not gonna change your ways after narrowly dodging a rape charge in college, why should anyone believe time or being married will suddenly change his ways. I believe that’s simply blind optimism. There are plenty of scumbag husband and fathers out there. If I killed someone and it took them 10 years to catch me, should people say “oh it was 10 years ago he’s changed now…”? No. People should be held accountable for their actions, and those… Read more »

owlykat

Scott, I support your stance on Jameis. If the Bucs should drop Jameis, the Raiders would welcome him with open arms. Their former candidate for Franchise QB was on his way until he had A serious back injury and after surgery looked nothing like his former self, similar to our High Paid Guard who we just dumped, so Gruden knows he needs a new Franchise QB to make him a big success as his own GM. I also believe Jameis loves football and knowing he will be out of football if he doesn’t stick to no alcohol no partying, that… Read more »

matador

If the tables were turned, we had Carr and Winston was cut you’d be laughed off the board for suggesting we pick Winston up. Carr has elite accuracy, if Winston can close half of the gap between his play and Carr we are a playoff team. The encouraging thing is that he just might, the frustrating thing is we can’t tell yet. I’m ready for some football.

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Naplesfan

Putting Koetter on the hotseat but recommending a fat contract extension for Licht, before any games have been played, makes zero sense. Lict has produced a worse win loss record in his tenure than Koetter has so far, and, uhhh, Licht hired Koetter. If the team does not produce again this year, then both Koetter and Licht have to go. We’ve done this every season since Licht got here. He makes a supposed big splash in free agency that typically draws yawns from the rest of NFL world, and similar responses, and in training camp we declare the Bucs are… Read more »

Dy-nasty D

Scott, having touted yourself as a Christian man, this paragraph baffles me: “Winston is helping himself and protecting himself by being as vague as possible, and I don’t blame him. He wants to put this ordeal behind him and not have it linger on with any potential civil suit that he could inadvertently open himself up to by being more forthcoming.” Well, yeah, of course he’d like to move on and avoid a lawsuit or legal consequences. He would have liked to have gotten away w his initial lie and not faced any consequences from the NFL. He also would’ve… Read more »

Ken - Kfromfla

Thanks for the balance and insight Scott Reynolds. Nice piece of reality reporting.

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